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Improved Tracking May Be Key To HAI Prevention

June 30, 2014 | by Mikhaila Friske, Editorial Intern, Surgical Products | Comments

Achieving a low healthcare-associated infection (HAI) rate seems simple until challenges arise. No quick, one step solution exists for hospitals. Only multiple strategies working together reduce the risk of error and lower HAI rates...       

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Sunshine Act Unveils Physician Gifts, Etc.

July 10, 2014 7:12 am | by Matthew Perrone, AP Health Writer | Comments

Nearly 95 percent of U.S. physicians accept gifts, meals, payments, travel and other services from companies that make drugs and medical products. Starting in September the federal government will make available an exhaustive online database of payments to U.S. physicians and hospitals, under a section of the health care overhaul known as the Sunshine Act.

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Hand Hygiene Improves 3X When Auditors Are Present

July 9, 2014 7:50 am | Comments

The study examined the Hawthorne effect, also known as observation bias (the tendency of people to change their behavior when they are aware of an observer) using an electronic monitoring hand hygiene system in real-time. Ultrasound "tags" on soap dispensers transmitted a signal to a nearby receiver each time the levers were pushed, and a time-stamped hand hygiene wash was recorded.

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Pace Of Surgical Innovation Concerns Some Surgeons

July 8, 2014 12:44 pm | Comments

In 2005, patients were twice as likely to experience an adverse event if they were undergoing minimally invasive robotic prostatectomies compared to a traditional open surgical procedure. The following year was considered the tipping point for the adoption of MIRP when it equaled or exceeded 10 percent of all cases.

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Q&A: Point Of Infection

June 19, 2014 2:16 pm | by Mike Schmidt, Editor, Surgical Products | Comments

Surgical Products recently spoke with Linda Homan, RN, BSN, CIC, Senior Manager, Clinical and Professional Service, Ecolab Healthcare, to talk about the medical community's efforts to prevent healthcare-associated infections...      

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Busting The Urban Legends About Sterile Wrap Vs. Containers

June 19, 2014 10:19 am | by Randell Sprouse, LSSBB, Sterile Processing Technician, St. John Providence Health System | Comments

In today’s healthcare environment, it’s imperative to identify ways to save money and boost productivity – without compromising quality. At St. John Providence Hospital in Southfield, Mich., we set out to do just that by challenging a longstanding and widely held assumption – an “urban legend,” if you will – that containers are a more efficient and cost-effective solution than single-use sterile wrap for surgical instrument sets...

2014 Instrumentation Survey

June 18, 2014 11:11 am | by Mike Schmidt, Editor, Surgical Products | Comments

A conservative attitude toward investment and lingering concerns about the short-term financial state of the healthcare industry will most likely define how hospitals approach the purchase of surgical instruments in 2014 and 2015...     

Additional Measures

June 17, 2014 10:08 am | by Mike Schmidt, Editor, Surgical Products | Comments

Improved infection control, better clinical outcomes, and reduced readmission rates are little more than pipe dreams for those hospital facilities unwilling to invest in the tools and technology designed to help accomplish those goals. This fact became abundantly clear to a pair of Orange, Calif.-based healthcare facilities – St. Joseph Hospital and Hoag Orthopedic Institute...

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Out With The Old, In With The New…ly Repaired

June 16, 2014 10:04 am | by Alisandra Rizzolo, VP and General Manager of Customer Care, Stryker Instruments Division | Comments

Since many repair services cover an extensive range of equipment, they are often able to provide a lot of value to hospitals by repairing or servicing the equipment instead of replacing it. A few ways hospitals benefit include: increased uptime, more ability to control hospital costs, and continued commitment to high quality service to patients. Let’s take a closer look...

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ER Doctor Recounts Career And Personal Benefits Of Deployment

June 13, 2014 10:48 am | by U.S. Army Medical Recruiting Brigade | Comments

After a 20 year journey as a civilian emergency room doctor, one woman has found it was her enlistment in the U.S. Army Reserve and a recent deployment that has given her a newfound appreciation for advances in her field and the Army healthcare system as a whole...

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Study: The Price Of Surgery Does Not Reflect The Actual Cost

June 13, 2014 10:28 am | by Mikhaila Friske, Editorial Intern, Surgical Products | Comments

There is a lack in pricing transparency. Patients are not given detailed information about costs of a procedure, which means hospitals are not being held responsible for the outcomes of their surgeries because people do not know what their money actually gets them. This gives hospitals no incentive to adjust prices or improve outcomes...

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Q&A: Winning The War Against SSIs

June 13, 2014 9:49 am | by Mike Schmidt, Editor, Surgical Products | Comments

Dr. Scott Ellner, Vice Chairman of Surgery and the Director of Surgical Quality at Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center, recently spoke to Surgical Products and gave his take on the healthcare industry’s fight against surgical-site infections...

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Golfer Compton At U.S. Open After Second Heart Transplant

June 12, 2014 10:04 am | by Paul Newberry, AP National Writer | Comments

When Erik Compton strolls up to the first tee at Pinehurst No. 2 on Thursday, he'll be in some unfamiliar territory. The only other time he played in one of golf's biggest events was four years ago. He missed the cut. But if you're expecting Compton to be overwhelmed by this U.S. Open moment, think again. This guy has faced much more daunting challenges than a major championship — such as undergoing two heart transplants...

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Obesity Surgery May 'Cure' Diabetes For 15 Years

June 11, 2014 11:00 am | by Lindsey Tanner, AP Medical Writer | Comments

Obesity surgery may keep diabetes in remission even after 15 years in some patients, a study suggests. Long-term results were missing for more than half the patients who began the study and remission rates dropped off considerably...   

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Ohio State First To Implant Newly-Approved Wireless Heart Failure Monitor

June 11, 2014 10:08 am | by Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center | Comments

Doctors at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center are the first in the country to begin treating some heart failure patients with a new wireless, implantable hemodynamic monitor that was just approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The monitor will help physicians observe pulmonary artery pressures, optimize treatment, and prevent hospitalizations...

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Rural Clinics Increasingly Turn To Telemedicine

June 6, 2014 3:13 pm | by Regina Garcia Cano, Associated Press | Comments

Fifty years in farming had given Tom Soukup a few brushes with his own mortality, but after a cow pinned him against a wall, death felt closer than ever. He lay on the muddy ground and began to pray, every gasp feeling like a stab to the chest...

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